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Dear friends February 20, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Politics, Women.
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Dear friends, 

I have departed today.  

Despite having tendered my resignation from all posts, the media and websites continue to intrude into my private life and privacy. I have been informed by several media that they will continue to publish even more lewd graphical, sensational stories of my private life. I have also been told there will be a fresh assault, with more photographs and videos released and circulated in order to completely degrade and bury me.  

This is the darkest episode in my life. I have never felt so alone, vulnerable and humiliated. I need to rest and to search for peace of mind to get away from the stormy events surrounding me. 

I appreciate the overwhelming support from all quarters, especially my voters, women in particular and party comrades. Words cannot express my gratitude for your gentle kindness.  

I have informed my party leaders that I am determined to relinquish all my positions, as a Selangor State Exco Member as well as the State Assemblywoman for Bukit Lanjan. I am thankful for the party leadership’s concern and encouragement. I seek their understanding for my predicament. 

My commitment to the ideals of the Parti Keadilan Rakyat remains unwavering. I shall retain my party membership and continue to struggle for a just society with the party. 

The nation is at a crisis facing a serious economic recession. Unemployment is rising, while corruption remains rampant. I wish public discussions would concentrate on these important issues rather than analysing my private life. My principle remains the same – I will not answer any questions pertaining to my private life. My private life is not for public scrutiny as I have not broken any law or caused harm to anyone.

I plead to the media as well as my supporters to allow me some peace of mind, and to give me space. I urge the media to leave my family, friends and I alone. Please do not continue to shame my family and I, so that we have a chance to lead a normal life as ordinary citizens. 

Lastly, I wish to thank the support from the public that has been pouring in ceaselessly. I am very moved and eternally grateful to my friends and colleagues who stand by me. There is nothing in this world that can repay your kindness. 

ELIZABETH WONG

 

亲爱的朋友们,

我将会在今日出国。

就算我已经辞去所有职位,媒体以及网站仍然侵犯我的隐私权。我已经被数家媒体告知,他们将会继续刊登有关我私生活的画面报道。我预料更多的图片以及短片,将会被发送和流传,以进一步打击我个人的声誉。

目前是我生命中最黑暗的一刻。我不曾如此地感到脆弱及被羞辱。我需要好好地休息,从这一切的风暴中走出来。

我感谢来自各方,尤其是选民特别是妇女们及党同志们的全力支持。谢谢你们对我的支持及关怀。

我已经告诉党领导层,我坚决辞去雪兰莪州行政议员以及武吉兰彰州议员的职位。我感谢党领导层的关怀及鼓励。我希望他们能够谅解我所处于的困境。

我仍然坚持人民公正党所持有的理想主义。我将会继续保留党员的身份,并继续与党在一起,为一个公平的社会而奋斗。

我相信目前我国正陷入严重的经济萧条之中。当失业率不断升高,贪污仍然猖獗之际,我希望所有的讨论应该回归这些重要的课题,多于讨论我的私生活。我没有犯法,也没有伤害任何人,因此我的私生活不应该受到社会的公审。

我卑微地恳求媒体及我的支持者们,让我享有一丁点的空间来平复心情。我也希望媒体能够放过我及我的家人。请不要继续羞辱我及我的家人,让我们可以恢复一个平凡公民所应该享有的正常生活。

最后,我谨此感谢来自四方八面的支持。对于那些一直与我风雨同行的朋友们,我非常感动及感激。你们对我的恩情,让我无以回报。

黄洁冰


Press Release 17 Feb 2009 February 17, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Women.
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PRESS RELEASE
17 Feb 2009

The events of the past two days have shown an insidious and underhanded attempt by certain quarters to smear my reputation. My personal life and privacy have been violated.

These people have conspired to undermine my credibility both as a Selangor State Exco Member as well as a Keadilan leader. Although the smear campaign directed towards me has caused me a lot of anguish, I am aware that the real objective is to discredit Parti Keadilan Rakyat.

I have done nothing wrong.

I wish to state that I am not ashamed of my sexuality as a woman and as a single person. I have broken no law. I stand by the fundamental principle in a democracy that everyone has a right to privacy.

Parti KeADILan Rakyat stands for ‘new’ politics that holds justice and human rights as core values which transcend gender, ethnicity and class. ‘New’ politics also means we rise above gutter politics.

It is precisely this that I believe that these attacks will continue with greater intensity, and I have no doubt that Umno and Barisan Nasional will continue to manipulate the situation. Accordingly, I have decided to make a stand, in the interest of the party and its struggle for the people.

I have received overwhelming support from my family, my constituents, Pakatan Rakyat colleagues, friends and the general public. However, in the interest of my party, I have decided to offer my resignation as a Selangor State Exco Member as well as the State Assemblywoman for Bukit Lanjan.

I will discuss with the Menteri Besar to arrange for the proper handover of my responsibilities. I will continue to serve the people and fight for justice in Malaysia.

Last but not least, I am very grateful to the people who have placed their trust in me and my party, and I thank them for the opportunity that they have given me to serve. Words cannot possibly express my eternal gratitude to outstanding staff members and fellow ADUNs, and most of all, my Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who has given me his unwavering support and the opportunity to work with him.

If I have let anyone down or offended anyone, I offer my sincere apologies.

 

ELIZABETH WONG
ADUN BUKIT LANJAN
EXCO for Tourism, Consumer Affairs and the Environment

Press Release 16 Feb 2009 February 16, 2009

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Malaysia, Politics, Women.
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I wish to thank everyone who had called and sent me SMSs, left messages in my email box and blog. I’m sorry for not being able to take all your calls and reply to some of your SMSs in time. I am grateful for your support and kind words of encouragement, especially from my constituents, my party and PR members, Exco members and old friends. This means the world to me. 

I also wish to thank some fellow politicians from the other opposite end of the political divide for their encouragement too.

 

Press Release: 16 Feb 2009

I was informed on Friday 13 February, 2009 by journalists from the Malay Mail that they have in their possession intimate photos of myself and that the newspaper will be publishing a story about these photographs.

I was told that some people are trying to distribute photos/videos showing me asleep in partial nudity and also in intimate positions.

The distribution and publication of these photos/video is a malicious attack on my personality. This constitutes a gross outrage on my modesty, a gross invasion of my privacy, and in particular the sanctity of my personal life. It is being done by unscrupuluous persons to embarrass and discredit me。

I am a victim in this incident.

I have yesterday lodged a police report in relation to this matter and I will fully cooperate with the police in their investigation. I will therefore not speculate publicly about those responsible for this gross invasion of my privacy.

I have received a lot of support from my supporters, friends, colleagues and members of my constituency. I wish to thank them for their concern, support and encouragement.

My family members are standing behind me. I would like to appeal to the media to give me and my family members some breathing space in this trying time so that I can weather this huge challenge.

I will in the meantime continue to carry out my task of serving the people of Selangor faithfully.

 

新闻文告

我在上周五(213日)被《马来邮报》记者告知我,他们拥有我睡觉时半裸,以及发生亲密关系的照片,并将会刊登这些照片。

他们也告诉我,有人尝试流传我睡觉时半裸,以及发生亲密关系的照片或短片。

刊登及流传这些照片或短片,是一项对我的恶意攻击。这已经严重侵犯我的私人隐私权,特别是侵犯了我的私人生活。我相信这些举动是一些无耻的人为了羞辱及破坏我。

在这起事件里,我是一名受害者。

我已经在昨天针对此事向警方报警,并将会全力配合警方的调查。在目前的阶段,我不想猜测究竟是谁拍摄或流传这些照片及短片。

我已经接获许多基层,选民,朋友及同事的支持。我谨此感谢大家的关心、支持和鼓励。

我的家人也给予我全力的支持,我同时要求各媒体给予我和我家人一个喘息的空间,让我可以面对这项艰巨的挑战。

我将会继续执行我的职责,为雪州人民忠诚地服务。

Education Ministry and pregnant teachers January 29, 2009

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Updated:

The chairperson of the Bar Council Human Rights Committee, Edmund Bon, sms-ed to say they were interested to assist in the case as it is a Constitutional matter. Thank you! 

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Earlier:

Note to Education Minister: Pregnant women are not weaklings, do not suffer from delusions and function as well as, if not better than the next person.

Amalan diskriminasi gender guru, Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia

Seorang calon wanita yang memohon jawatan guru sandaran tidak terlatih (GSTT) telah dinafikan hak untuk diambil bekerja hanya kerana beliau sedang hamilInsiden sedemikian mengukuhkan pengamatan bahawa gender mainstreaming di Malaysia terus gagal. Kegagalan itu telah meneruskan diskriminasi terhadap sebahagaian wanita di negara ini.

Perlembagaan mengenai pemberian hak kepada warganegara tanpa mengira agama, bangsa, keturunan, tempat lahir atau gender (Perlembagaan Malaysia, Perkara 8[2]) hanya berupa tulisan-tulisan di atas kertas yang tidak memberi sebarang perlindungan yang bermakna kepada rakyat yang benar-benar memerlukannya. Lebih memburukkan adalah bilamana pelaku terhadap pelanggaran hak perlindungan itu ialah pihak agensi kerajaan sendiri, Kementerian Pelajaran Malaysia menerusi Pejabat Pelajaran Daerahnya (PPD). Kerajaan sememangnya tidak acuh dalam meratakan pengetahuan dan penghayatan kesensitifan gender di kalangan masyarakat dan dalam pentadbiran kerajaan.

Malaysia, sebagai penandatangan (signatory) kepada CEDAW (UN Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women), selama ini telah dicanangkan sebagai komited dalam menghormati hak wanita Malaysia.   Perkara 11 dalam Konvensyen tersebut menuntut setiap negara agar mengambil segala langkah ke arah menghapuskan sebarang bentuk diskriminasi terhadap wanita dalam bidang pekerjaan bagi memastikan keadilan sebagai hak asasi sejagat untuk semua manusia berlaku.

Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin telah ditawarkan sebagai guru di bawah skima GSTT sembilan hari selepas menghadiri temuduga berkenaan pada 2 Januari lalu. Beliau telah diminta hadir untuk mengambil butiran penempatan sekolah di PPD, Hulu Langat. Sebaik sahaja diberitahu bahawa beliau sedang hamil tiga bulan, pegawai yang bertugas terus menyatakan bahawa pemohon yang hamil sepatutnya tidak boleh memohon GSTTTiada alasan yang logik dikemukakan dan tiada pula tercatat di mana-mana dokumen permohonan tentang syarat bahawa pemohon hamil tidak dibenarkan memohon pekerjaan tersebut. Jelas sebagaimana yang disebutkan oleh Setiausaha Kesatuan Perkhidmatan Perguruan Kebangsaan, Lok Yim Pheng, bagi wanita yang dinafikan hak untuk diambil bekerja hanya kerana mereka sedang hamil adalah tidak adil, khususnya bagi mereka yang benar-benar berminat dalam profesion perguruan.

Mengapa ketidakadilan seperti ini tetap berulang dalam pentadbiran kerajaan? Kecuaian kerajaan BN dalam memastikan hak wanita terbela pada setiap ketika, tempat, masa, dan keadaan amatlah menghampakan. Apakah Wanita Malaysia sekarang ini sentiasa boleh mengharapkan kerajaan Malaysia untuk memelihara dengan baik dan berkesan hak-hak mereka yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan dan Undang-Undang serta Konvensyen Antarabangsa?

Wanita KeADILan menggesa Perdana Menteri, Abdullah Badawi untuk mengarahkan kesemua peringkat pentadbiran negara, khususnya Kementerian Pelajaran agar menghapuskan dengan serta-merta segala amalan diskriminasi gender bagi mengotakan komitmen beliau untuk menamatkan  ketidakadilan yang berunsurkan gender.
Zuraida Kamaruddin
Ketua Wanita
Parti Keadilan Rakyat
28 Januari 2009

(GE12) Fong come back :( February 17, 2008

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Fong Po Kuan, (also known as Cili Padi among the Chinese media; I like to call her ‘The Slayer’: she sent OKT’s brother limping home) is my junior in my alma mater and pride of our alumni.

So it’s depressing to hear that she’s declined to run for the 3rd term (according to her, due to internal party conflicts, during her emotional news conference) and watch her in action battling those nasties sitting on the other side.

She was one of the 4 Opposition female legislators and no doubt played a part in inspiring many young women to view political participation as something positive. She was also in the Human Rights Caucus in Parliament, so she would be missed by us in Suaram.

Whoever has been trying to grab her seat these past months, please cease and desist. You’re a disservice to Perakians and women.

Nightingale as statistician January 16, 2008

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Although remembered as the mother of modern nursing, (Florence) Nightingale was an accomplished statistician too. She was particularly innovative in presenting data visually. The example above, of a type now known as “Nightingale’s Rose” or “Nightingale’s Coxcomb”, comes from her monograph, “Notes on matters affecting the health, efficiency and hospital administration of the British army” published in 1858. In the same year she became the first female fellow of the Statistical Society of London (now Royal Statistical Society).
[Source: Economist, "Charts - Worth A Thousand Words", 19 Dec 2007]

被掳走22个小时, 她回家了 November 29, 2007

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光华日报- 二零零七年十一月二十九日 下午五时八分

(吉隆坡29日讯)昨早在公司停车场被掳走的貌美女子吴薇薇经历惊心动魄约22个小时后,今天早上已安然脱险!

雪州副刑事调查主任颜天记助理总监今日向本报证实,昨日在公司停车场前被掳走的貌美女子吴薇薇已于今早7时许被释放,目前在家休 (more…)

Freed: Dora Goh November 29, 2007

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Dora has been freed.Thanks everyone for your swift action, prayers and kind thoughts :)

請救救 Dora。 November 29, 2007

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(For those who’d prefer the Dora appeal in Chinese.)

親愛的大家,
Dora芳齡二十五的 Dora 今晨在莎亞南 (in front of Padini Holdings) 被二人綁架。

目擊者稱綁匪是開一輛銀色的 Toyota Camry,車牌號碼是 7641。

麻煩大家看到以上車子,或是 Dora 本身的話,請立刻報警。

如有其它疑問,請電: CHIN WEI, NG +60 16427 2625。

讓大家發揮網際網絡的威力,和博客間守望相助的精神,通力合作把人找回來。

如果人沒事,就功德無量了。

如果能把那些混蛋捉拿歸案,就更好了;讓這些人渣繼續橫行是天地不容的。

胡某。
希望警察能發揮效用罷。

(Source: JerryWho)

肥瘦双匪强抱上车 美女遭掳走 November 29, 2007

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( 光华日报) 二零零七年十一月二十八日 晚上十一时五十四分
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(吉隆坡28日讯)华裔妙龄女子吴薇薇今早将车子停泊准备上班时,突遭2名一瘦一肥的华裔匪徒强行抱上一辆灰银色的旧款丰田Camry轿车,迄今下落不明。

匪徒在掳人过程中不超过1分钟,不过得逞后却慢条斯理离开案发现场,令人费解!

有目击者目睹在事发时,女事主除了整个蹲在地上尖叫及挣扎,惟2名匪徒依然强行将她抱住然后丢在前者轿车的后座后,复慢条斯理离开停车场,朝往大路离开。

母亲:不曾与人结怨 为何掳我女儿

“我们没有与任何人结怨,为何匪徒掳走我的女儿!”

遭匪徒掳走吴薇薇的母亲李氏,今日在女儿工作的地点即案发地点附近受询及指出,她不清楚,为何女儿成为匪徒的猎物,而且他们一家4口不曾与人结怨,更没有得罪他人。

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